U.S. Air Force Colonel Philip J Swissler Jr. (retired) of Chelmsford
Philip J Swissler Jr, 83, of Chelmsford, formerly of Haddonfield, NJ died Tuesday December 6, 2016 at Northwood Nursing Home in Lowell.
He was the husband of the late Martha E. (Healey) Swissler whom he has greatly missed for the past nine years.
Phil was born in Haddonfield, NJ on April 1, 1933, the son of the late Philip and Marie Swissler. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, PA in 1950 and St. Joseph’s University in 1954. He earned an MBA degree from Northeastern University. He has lived in the Chelmsford area for the past 54 years.
Colonel Swissler was a career United States Air Force Officer serving 30 years. He flew fighter planes initially and then C-141 cargo/personnel aircraft with the USAF Military Airlift Command. In early 1960 Swissler was assigned to Hanscom AFB in Bedford, MA. Upon retiring from the Air Force, Phil worked as a System Engineer with the MITRE Corporation of Bedford, retiring in 1996.
Phil was a fervent Red Sox and Patriots fan. Always the congenial gentleman, he leaves this life with many grieving family, friends and parishioners from St. John the Evangelist Church, North Chelmsford in which he was well known as the weekly Lector. Phil was a 3rd Degree member of the Bishop Ruocco Council Knights of Columbus #9275 and member of the Chelmsford Lodge of Elks #2310.
Phil and Martha Swissler cherished their trips to Nantucket and San Francisco and returned to those places often. In recent years Phil spent winters in Clearwater, FL especially enjoying Spring Training games of his childhood favorite Philadelphia Phillies.
Colonel Swissler is survived by his son, T J Swissler, granddaughter, Holly Swissler and great granddaughter, Kiara Swissler all of Dracut, MA; and daughter, Michaela M Radziszewski and husband, John of Severn, MD; two brothers, Robert J Swissler and wife, Sharon of Washington Crossing, PA and Thomas J Swissler and wife, Barbara of Steamboat Springs, CO; brother in-law, Mark Doorley of Lima, OH; He also is survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Rita (Swissler) Doorley.
Visiting Hours are Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 Middlesex St. Chelmsford, MA. Funeral Monday at 8:00 a.m. from the Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 AM in St. John the Evangelist Church 115 Middlesex St. Chelmsford, MA. Burial in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Chelmsford Food Pantry P.O. Box 394, Chelmsford, MA 01824. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.